Their On The Town might not be up for a revival nod this Tony season, but Betty Comden and Adolph Green do have a big honor awaiting them: both will receive Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees, honoris causa, at New York University's 167th Commencement ceremony May 13.
Musician and producer Quincy Jones will be the speaker on graduation day, which takes place at NYC's Washington Square Park at 10 AM.
The tireless lyricists Comden and Green have barely slowed down after all these years. They penned a new book and English lyrics for the Met's "Die Fledermaus" this season, they've done several club dates at Joe's Pub, and two of their shows -- On the Town and Peter Pan -- have enjoyed Broadway revivals (the latter is Tony-nominated in the revival category). In early May, Encores! offered a very well-received concert reading of their Broadway flop, Do Re Mi.
Comden and Green began their careers as part of the cabaret and nightclub act The Revuers. Since then, they have sporadically performed their act here and there, the last occasion being the 1977 Broadway show A Party with Comden & Green.
-- By David Lefkowitz and Robert Simonson